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The Continuing Story of Apple Vs Apple (and The Beatles)

The Magical Mystery Tour that is the route to iTunes for The Beatles’ back catalogue has been highlighted this week by none other than Sir Paul McCartney.

Speaking to BBC news, the former Beatle claimed that negotiations between EMI, The Beatles’ former label, and Apple Corps, the company that looks after the band’s catalogue, were “stalled”.

With the rights to The Beatles’ recordings owned by EMI, negotiations are ongoing with no sign of a resolution in sight. McCartney said in the interview that he hoped The Beatles’ music would appear on iTunes.

There have long been rumours as to if and when the classic catalogue of hits including; Help!, Love Me Do and Blackbird, would be launched on iTunes with several hints from Steve Jobs during Apple Keynotes.

As yet none of The Beatles’ songs are available for legal digital download however this latest round of press appears to clarify that the sticking point has little to do with the band and more to do with corporate debate and rights.

Solo works from all of The Beatles’ members are available on iTunes but as a band their work is absent.

Apple Inc recently settled a dispute with Apple Corps over the right to the Apple name and logo in the field of digital music in which Apple Inc triumphed, however this does not appear to have hampered the current iTunes/Beatles negotiations.

There seems to have been progress made with a deal favourable to both the band and the public but, for now (to use another Fab Four pun) it appears to be a Long And Winding Road.